#NationalStationeryWeek – Pens, Pens, Pens!

Some women collect shoes. Others collect handbags. Me? I collect pens. I think my love affair with pens began when I was starting secondary school and my parents bought me a fountain pen to celebrate. I definitely have a passion for fountain pens!

Now I must confess that once I bought my first computer, handwriting got left by the wayside. Typing was quicker and, with me suffering from tendonitis, easier. Still, I’d go into The Pen Shop (Trafford Centre) and ogle the beautiful pens on display. I gazed at glass pens with envious eyes. Yet the most I’d buy would be a gel pen, as the smooth motion helped, though I couldn’t write more than an A5 page before the pain got too much.

Then two years ago, I broke my right wrist (stupid motorcycling accident, don’t ask.) This had its downside – I can’t knit any more – I realised mid winter that the usual agony of tendonitis hadn’t returned. Since I started bullet journaling, I’ve noted this wasn’t a fluke. I’m not going to jinx things by saying the b word, but I’ve had less problems with my wrist since breaking it. Bodies are weird.

Anyhoo, the upshot of all this is I’ve started to enjoy writing again. My favourite writing pen for bujo’ing is a Staedtler Fineliner, then I have Crayola Supertips and brush pens for adding colour.

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